Ex-Tory minister Nicola Blackwood gets Global Counsel gig

20 April 2018

Former Conservative health minister Nicola Blackwood is to become a senior adviser at Global Counsel, the PR and lobbying firm set up by new Labour architect Peter Mandelson.

Blackwood...

Ex-MHP chief Jonathan Lomax resurfaces with corporate job at MSL

19 April 2018

Former MHP Communications chief operating officer Jonathan Lomax is set to join global PR group MSL to lead its corporate practice in London.

Lomax resurfaces at MSL seven months after...

Westbourne wins Santander as bank plots digital public affairs push

18 April 2018

Santander has turned to Westbourne Communications to handle public affairs following a competitive pitch earlier this year.

The bank has awarded Westbourne a mandate which is said to...

Dirk Paterson: How I have fought against 'cash for access' lobbying

26 February 2018

Influencing is not about cash for access anymore. Good lobbying is about three things: strategy strategy strategy.

When I first said this in a board meeting I had a full-on row the CEO who...

Simon Petar: There are opportunities in Labour’s housing hash

13 February 2018

Despite my long-term party membership, I have come to the conclusion that Labour’s approach to housing policy is both tragic and an opportunity in equal measure.

Tragic because the ability...

Lunch with... David Wild

28 February 2018

A man walks into Shepherd’s wearing a Bates hat. No, not a very lame joke. Just the beginning of my lunch with David Wild, Chairman of Lodestone, and wearer of very fine hats (I myself own two...

The 2017 Stakeholder Awards: Full list of winners

22 December 2017

As usual, these highly prestigious awards were decided by a heavyweight one-strong judging panel comprised of the UK’s leading public affairs journalist....

The full list of the lucky (and...

The disruptors: how new lobbying firms are rebooting the old order

20 December 2017

In recent years, the UK public affairs industry has resembled the Premier League before Leicester City took the title. A host of heavyweight agencies have dominated proceedings by bossing pitch...